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Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (Evergreen)
Trail Crew Chief -- Job Description
December 2008

Evergreen Mission:

Evergreen is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates and protects sustainable mountain biking opportunities in Washington.

Summary of Position:

Evergreen is currently seeking a half-time, professional Trail Crew Chief to organize and lead work parties for Phase 1 Construction at the future Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park in Issaquah, WA. This job requires a passion for mountain biking, strong trail building skills, exceptional communication and volunteer organizational skills, and the ability to effectively lead a crew to complete a trail work project. Prior non-profit, construction, project management and/or government project experience is a plus. This position has the potential to increase to fulltime and expand to include coordination and leadership of trail maintenance work parties.

Reports To: Trails Director

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead at least 5 weekend work parties and 5 weekday work parties per month
  • Work with the Project Manager (PM) to understand the project plan and prepare work plans
  • Safely motivate and lead a crew of volunteers of diverse ages and backgrounds
  • Arrive at work parties with tools, refreshments, and work plan
  • Kick off work parties with a presentation to volunteers including an introduction to the park, a description of the work plan and a safety talk
  • Ensure volunteer Liability Release / Sign-in sheets are complete and submitted to PM
  • Ensure work is performed according to plan and standards (work includes brushing new trails, benching trails, building drains/turnpikes, and building trail features such as dirt jumps, dirt berms and wooden structures)
  • Communicate work party progress, issues and work party summary to PM
  • Maintain power tools: gas tanks full, spare gas on hand, oil levels checked, service intervals followed
  • Ensure hand tools in good working order and communicate tool issues/needs to PM
  • Establish and implement a process to recruit, train, assign, manage and support volunteers and liaisons
  • Represent Evergreen's trail program and the sport of mountain biking in a positive, professional manner at all times

Additional Responsibilities as time permits:

  • Organize volunteer workshops and recognition events in order to discuss the status of projects, present best practices, communicate shared experiences.
  • Provide trail construction/maintenance training to volunteers.
  • Develop a system for communication and coordination of Evergreen work parties and volunteer projects
  • Assist the PM in acquiring free/donated materials
  • Assist the PM in implementing a volunteer incentive/recognition program
  • Submit monthly trail work updates for Evergreen's monthly newsletter

Additional Responsibilities for Full-Time Position

  • Lead additional maintenance work parties
  • Ensure that all current trail maintenance obligations are being met
  • Expand trail maintenance partnerships with public and private partners, with particular attention to expanding geographic reach.
  • Develop new projects in partnership with public and private partners, with particular attention for an appropriate balance between urban and backcountry locations.
  • Develop and implement a communication plan and set of communication tools to reach Evergreen members, volunteers, partners, public officials, agencies and other audiences on a regular basis.
  • Develop and maintain tracking of trail maintenance and construction projects by locations, work parties, miles, volunteers and any other appropriate measure

Qualifications

  • The ideal candidates bring these qualities and skills to the position:
  • Passion for growing the sport of mountain biking
  • Passion for building and improving trails
  • The ability to effectively lead a crew to complete a trail work project
  • A passion for working with volunteers
  • A strong trail building skill set
  • A keen understanding of IMBA Trails Solutions Standards
  • Exceptional communication and volunteer organizational skills
  • Public speaking skills
  • Computer savvy (ideal candidate will be proficient with Word, Excel, email, and certain GPS programs and software)
  • A positive attitude
  • Prior non-profit, construction, project management and/or government project experience is a plus

Classification: Non-exempt

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications

Application Deadline: January 7, 2009

To apply, send cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Mike Westra
Trails Director
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Seattle, WA
[email protected]

Include the following in the subject line: Crew Chief - "Your Name"

(Please don't send private mtbr messages -- thanks)
 
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